Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm in love with this duck!

Male Mandarin Duck
So I'm on the internet looking for images of mandarins (can't remember why) when I see a set of pictures of this duck, a mandarin duck. It's adorable!

I like animals, but I've never been enamored with any one creature. My room was never covered in bunnies or puppies or anything like that. That said, this critter really has my attention. I look at it and I just want to go all paparazzi on it. I know it's rude to stare, but I can't help it!

Male Mandarin Duck
Consequently, I called upon the powers of Google. And I discovered there's a fairly romantic story that goes with this beautiful animal. Here's a little piece of what Wikipedia has to say:
"In traditional Chinese culture, Mandarin Ducks represent a life-time couple, unlike many other species of ducks. Hence they are frequently featured in Chinese art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.
Male and female Mandarin Ducks
Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two mandarin ducks playing in water" (simplified Chinese鸳鸯戏水traditional Chinese鴛鴦戲水pinyinyuān yāng xì shuǐ). The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity."

Apparently this connection holds in Japan, Korea and other parts of Asia as well.

Sweet symbolism, right?


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